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Best Classics to Read

Updated on December 25, 2010

English classics is the branch of literature. The word "classics" is derived from a Latin word "classicus". In early days classics was supposed to be the genre of people belonging to the highest class of citizens. Classics was first introduced by Aulus Gellius; a second century Roman writer..

Classic novels are timeless, and this the best part of it, a novel which was written in 17th century is still as popular as it was back in its initial days, means hundreds of years back; isn't it amazing! The major quality which makes an ordinary novel into a classic is its "market"; means how often it is read and for how long people love it. Like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, but today after so many years it is still read by people of every age. Classics are read over an extended period of time, which makes them extra ordinary and unique.


Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and prejudice; a classic by Jane Austen, which was first published in 1813. Jane Austen was born on 16 December, 1775, she was an English writer whose work earned her a great place in English literature. Her novels like Pride and prejudice , Emma and Sense and Sensibility are few examples of high social status and close knitted families. Her novels had realism, humor, biting social commentaries and last but not the least romance. Jane Austen believed in liberty and freedom which is clearly shown by her famous heroins; Elizabeth Bennet and Emma woodhouse, who were strong, confident, rich and self-assured.

Pride and prejudice is one of the best Jane Austen's novels. The story revolves around a young lady called Elizabeth Bennet, who was a bold and confident lady living among the landed gentry of early 19th century. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy was the main male character of the novel, who was rich, handsome, tall but not that convivial. Elizabeth was a lady who was very much focused on the upbringing, morality and social justice. The story is all about Elizabeth's pride and prejudices towards Darcy. Which later turned in to love and adoration.

wuthering heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering heights is the only novel by Emily Bronte, first published in 1847. Emily Bronte was born on 30 July 1818. Emily was quite young when her mother died and she along with her sisters and brother were sent to the clergy Daughter's school. There Emily and the siblings went through terrible times, which were later depicted in the novel" Jane Eyre" written by Emily's sister Charlotte Bronte.

Wuthering heights was a novel about Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, living at wuthering heights. The narrative tells the story of there love, adoration and the unresolved passion between both of them, which eventually destroyed them. In its initial days the novel was considered as an ambiguous piece of literature, but after few years the novel was given its due value and today it is one of the best classics of all times.

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma is a classic piece of literature by Jane Austen, published in 1815.

Emma is a story based on a girl named Emma Woodhouse, a young enthusiastic girl, full of passion for love and romance. Emma was that type of a girl who loves to interfere in others lives, by considering herself the most skillful matchmaker of the world. Throughout the story Emma was busy in finding perfect romantic matches for her friends; no one of which turned to be long lasting. The main male character of the novel was Mr Knightley; Emma's friend and brother-in-law. Who used to watch her match making with a critical eye.

The whole story revolves around Emma's wrong turns about finding love for others, but at the end everything turned good. Mr Knightly declared his love for Emma and she learned a great lesson from all her mismatching.

Tess of the D'urbervilles

Tess is a major classic in English literature written by Thomas Hardy, published in 1891. Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840. He was an English novelist and a poet as well. Among his works the most famous are Tess and Far From the Madding Crowd.

Tess is about a serious, soft and sensitive young girl named Tess. At the start of the story Tess was sent to see there old relatives by her parents, and there she met Alec Stoke and the story starts; a flirtatious kind of a guy, who raped Tess, when she refused his love. After that she met a noble man Angel Clarke, with whom she deeply fell in love. 

Tess is a novel full of mis understandings and confusions, after knowing about her past, Clarke refused her at there first wedding night. Thus he left her and she got married to Alec. At the end of the story Tess took her revenge and murdered Alec and flew away from the spot and met Angel again.

These are few of my Favorite classics, which I have read for uncountable times.

Go read them and enjoy!


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      After Life Novel by Gary J. McCleary 3 years ago from Australia

      Nice list. You should have added Kate Atkinson after life novels. Also there's amazing novels by Gary :

      Thanks for sharing the list!

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      anum minhas 6 years ago

      i havnt read wuthering heights bt wil surely read it soon while rest of da novels r really great classics

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      erumkhan 7 years ago from Pakistan

      thanks gulnazahmad

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      gulnazahmad 7 years ago from Pakistan

      All of them are great classics and I have read them but I would say that you should have extended this list and have included some more in it.